University of Washington
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Information Design HCDE 510
Professor David K. Farkas
Course Website — Fall 2011
Whether you are a student in HCDE 510 or a visitor from outside the course, welcome to this course website.
HCDE 510 surveys communication from the beginning of writing to present-day digital media and future prospects. We focus on how human beings communicate complex ideas for such purposes as instruction, managing a complex organization, and shaping public opinion. We consider changing literacies (including the visual turn and social media) and how new literacies may change the role of extended text.
This course is intended to increase your understanding of communication, information technologies, and culture, to open topics of inquiry, and to enhance your ability to reason about information design issues and create information products.